Sammy Hagar On Van Halen Reunion: ‘Without Eddie, No, There’s No Such Thing’

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Sammy Hagar, the former vocalist of the Pasadena, California band Van Halen, has some unfortunate news to share when it comes to the idea of a band reunion.

While chatting on the show THAT Rocks! recently, Hagar was asked about the proposed all-star Van Halen tribute concert. The last time there was any public reporting of this idea was when Jason Newsted was approached to be part of the project; Newsted ultimately declined the opportunity though.

However, according to Hagar, “There’s not going to be a Van Halen reunion.” Per the vocalist, he says that Alex Van Halen hasn’t responded to him, and he also believes that David Lee Roth will not “cooperate” with him.

Regarding the idea of a Van Halen reunion, here is what Hagar has to say (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“It’s the same old story. It’s the same old fucking story. Alex won’t respond to me. I reach out to him. I haven’t done it in a long time now, ’cause it’s, like, ‘Hey, you wanna talk to me? Call me.’ But there’s not going to be a Van Halen reunion.

“First of all, it’s too late. I’ve already said it a million times — Wolfie [Eddie Van Halen‘s son and former Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen] is doing such a great job with what he’s doing, and he would be the perfect guy [to play with us at a tribute concert], so that’s out. Dave [Lee Roth, original Van Halen singer] and I are still alive, but there’s no way he would cooperate with me, so if he goes out by himself, that’s not a Van Halen reunion; that’s half a Van Halen reunion.

“If I go out by myself without him, it’s a half a Van Halen reunion. Only good news about that is that I could sing his songs just fine. But Mike and I are like this [crosses fingers], and if Al wanted to come and play with us… I would love to play with Al. I said it recently, that I would love to play music with Al. I would like to write a song with Al. I would like to go in the studio and jam with Al. But the thought of a Van Halen reunion without Eddie, no, there’s no such thing.”

Do you have hope that maybe one day we’ll get some kind of Van Halen reunion?

Sammy Hagar interview